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Markets Right Now: US stocks struggle to a mixed finish

November 19, 2019

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):

4 p.m.

Stocks struggled to a mixed finish on Wall Street as steep drops in Kohl’s and Home Depot offset gains elsewhere in the market.

Kohl’s plunged 19.5% Tuesday after turning in dismal results and cutting its forecast for the year. Home Depot gave up 5.4% after its own results also disappointed investors.

Technology and health care stocks rose broadly, however, leaving major indexes mixed. Broadcom added 2.1% and Amgen rose 1.7%.

The S&P 500 lost 1 point to 3,120. The index spent much of the day wobbling between gains and losses.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 102 points, or 0.4%, to 27,934.

The Nasdaq climbed 20 points, or 0.2%, to 8,570, another record high.

Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury fell to 1.78%.

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11:45 a.m.

Steep drops in Kohls, Macy’s and other retailers were keeping gains for major indexes in check, offsetting good showings in other sectors.

Home Depot gave up 5% in midday trading Tuesday after reporting weak sales for the latest quarter and cutting its forecast for the year.

Kohl’s plunged 17.8%, dragging other department stores with it, after cutting its own forecast for the year.

Technology and health care stocks rose broadly, however, leaving major indexes mixed. Broadcom added 3.2% and Biogen rose 2%.

The S&P 500 was little changed at 3,121.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 107 points, or 0.4%, to 27,933. The Nasdaq climbed 25 points, or 0.3%, to 8,575.

Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury fell to 1.79%.

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9:35 a.m.

Technology companies and banks are leading stocks slightly higher in early trading on Wall Street.

Broadcom rose 3.5% in the first few minutes of trading Tuesday, and Citigroup rose 1%.

Several big retailers were making big moves after reporting their latest results.

TJX rose 1.8% after turning in a solid report card, but Kohl’s plunged 14.5% after its earnings fell far short of what analysts were looking for. Home Depot sank 4.2% after issuing a weak forecast.

The S&P 500 rose 2 points, or 0.1%, to 3,124.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average added 22 points, or 0.1%, to 28,056. The Nasdaq climbed 23 points, or 0.3%, to 8,573.

Bond prices didn’t move much. The yield on the 10-year Treasury held steady at 1.80%.